YOUTH PASSAGEWAYS is an evolving network of individuals, organizations, and communities who help regenerate healthy passages into mature adulthood for today’s youth.

Vancouver, BC, Canada

Motivated by Wisdom

Vancouver, BC, Canada


Rites of passage ceremonially mark significant life transitions. These ritualized events usher the initiate’s journey into the next life stage and tend to their relationship with Self, community, culture, and more.
Calistoga, CA, USA


Calistoga, CA, USA

Why does it MATTER?

Rites of Passage matter because of what they can do: in the lives of young people, in our own lives, and in our communities. They have the power to help young people thrive in the 21st century.
Los Angeles, CA, USA

Street Poets

Los Angeles, CA, USA


Youth Passageways needs your help! You can increase the availability of rites of passage for young people around the world by learning more, making a gift, volunteering, and/or advocating.

When we talk about rites of passage we mean a time when we recognize and see young people for the beauty they bring into the world. The rite is to get them to wake up to their own dream, their own story.

Luis J. Rodriguez Tia Chucha's Centro Cultural & Bookstore

Rites of passage are a cultural antihistamine that prevents children and young people from having an allergic reaction to a socially toxic environment.

Paul Hill, Jr. The National Rites of Passage Institute, Cleveland, OH

Rites of passage reach deeply into the hearts of human beings and help people and communities thrive, rather than just survive.

Edith Kusnic, Community Elder, Seattle, WA

Although it takes a whole village to raise a child, it takes the struggles of youth to raise the village.

Michael Meade Mosaic Voices Multicultural Foundation, Seattle, WA

My belief is that every teen, deep in their bones, knows they deserve healthy, not destructive, rites of passage and mature adult mentorship.

Frederick Marx Warrior Films, Oakland, CA

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The Challenges of Youth Mass Incarceration and Solutions

Youth Passageways,

YOUTH PASSAGEWAYS APRIL COMMUNITY CALL Find inspiration, get resources, and tap into the wisdom of our network. Luis J Rodriguez and Dayvon Williams share about their experiences working with incarcerated youth, and what can be done within and outside the system to lead to an inner freedom. LISTEN TO THE CALL HERE: YPW Community Circle […]

Whole Person Wellness with Becky Chief Eagle

Youth Passageways,

YOUTH PASSAGEWAYS MARCH PARTNER CALL Find inspiration, get resources, and tap into the wisdom of our network. Honored presenter is our very own Stewardship Council Co-Chair Rebecca Chief Eagle. Becky is the co-founder and director also of All Nations Gathering Center, located on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. Their vision is “to build […]

Upcoming Events

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Cultural Habitat Restoration

hosted by Youth Passageways Extended Community
Cultural Habitat Restoration: an embodied exploration of boundaries & flow in our relationships with Power, Money, Love & Sexuality, and the other currents of Human Culture. As humans wake up to the harm we have caused on the landscape, many communities are making efforts to repair natural habitats like rivers, streams, and wetlands. Even in places that have been deeply...
A group of young men watch the sunset. Goat Rocks Wilderness, Washington Cascades. Photo by DaveMoskowitz


Restoring Youth Rites of Passage: Two-Week Leadership Intensive

Ekone Ranch, Goldendale, WA. Begins and ends at Songaia Co-Housing, Bothell, WA | hosted by Rite of Passage Journeys
Step Boldly Into the World of Youth Initiation... [caption id="attachment_56113" align="aligncenter" width="437"] A group of young men watch the sunset. Goat Rocks Wilderness, Washington Cascades.[/caption] Do you long to be of deep service to young people, future generations, and wholeness in our communities and Earth? To be a powerful guide and role model to youth in living a soulful life? To...